Post # 1
I love my maiden name so I changed my name to MyFirst MyMiddle MyMaid HisLast. I primarily go by MyFirst MyMaiden HisLast (I didn’t want to give up my middle name for several reasons which are irrelevant to this post). The Ohio DMV refused to put MyMaiden on my license without a hyphen, so it’s MyFirst. MI HisLast. I was so upset (still am) and it causes problems frequently. I got my passport with all four legal names. I remember reading on here about how the DMV had to follow what the passport said. I have spent a LONG time looking for the post, and can’t find it. I really want to change my name, but would like to go back to the DMV with some proof so I don’t have to keep going back there. Please help!
Edit: I meant to put this in names. Would someone please move it? Thanks!
Post # 3
Moved to Names 🙂
I heard that the DMV does have to limit the number of characters (letters) that will fit on your drivers license. Is that maybe the reason they wouldn’t do it for you?
Post # 4
Question… is your maiden last name your 2nd middle or 1st last? I’m really interested in this because you did exactly what I would like to do (keep all 4 names and go by myfirst mylast hislast). And I’m in Ohio too!
Post # 5
The DMV tried to hassle me about this too, but beings I had already been put into the system by social security, there wasn’t much they could do but complain. I was told that you have to go to the social security office first before anything else. Was this the same for you? If so, and you have already been put into the system with the name you want, there’s nothing the DMV can do about it. If you went to the DMV first, I’m not quite sure what the protocol is there.
Post # 6
I went to SS first, and had no problem- my SS card has all four names. Then I got my license, and then the passport. My name is not long enough that adding would be a problem- I am not even close on space, my maiden name is only 5 letters, and they never mentioned any space issue. My first middle name is long, but that’s just an initial and I am fine with that. What I want my license to say is:
MyFirst MI MyMaiden HisLast
@CorgiTales: maiden name is second middle. Professionally I go by MyFirst MI MyMaiden, so it’s made having my maiden name on my license extra important.
Post # 7
Ugh, I hate the DMV too!
It sounds like the DMV people didn’t understand that your maiden name is now a second middle name, and so that’s why they were trying to get you to hyphenate it with your last name. I think if you show them something that separates your given names from your family name, it should clarify the matter. I also have four names (1 first, 2 middles, 1 last), and my passport and social security card both make it obvious which is my last name. The SS card has my last name on a separate line, and my passport has the format HisLast, Chelsea Middle Maiden. Maybe try that as your method of attack?